Central Florida Families Are Thankful But Broken

Thankful but brokenTampa Immigrant Groups Rally During Anniversary of Administrative Relief; 253.000 Eligible Florida Families Still Living in Fear this Holiday Season

See below for full details on the action

Tampa, FL – One year ago, on November 20th, 2014, President Obama announced an Executive Action to bring Administrative Relief to millions of immigrant families through the creation of the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program and the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. However, these programs were blocked at the courts by a majority of Republican governors and general attorneys, and a year later we are still waiting in courts to settle its application when nearly 253,000 Floridians could qualify for this Administrative Relief.

The Gaytan family from Auburndale could have benefited from DAPA, but instead they are suffering the separation of their husband and father, Rafael Gaytan, who is stuck in Mexico away from his wife and children. With Thanksgiving approaching, their pain is only deepening.

For the Gaytan family and many others like them in Florida, the Young American Dreamers, along with the Florida Immigrant Coalition, SEIU Florida and LULAC, will hold a press conference this Friday in front of a Thanksgiving dinner table. They will voice their struggles in this Holiday Season calling for an end to family separation and more proactive measures that unify families. Following the press conference children, members of YAD, will deliver Thanksgiving letters to the office of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, to remind the elected official the effects of her actions.

These groups stand in solidarity with others, nationwide, and across the border in Tijuana, Mexico where Rafael will be participating in an action organized by other supporters while he awaits for a solution to reunite with his wife and children.

This Thanksgiving Day families across Florida and the country will be suffering the effects of a lawsuit that is only hurting hardworking immigrant families like Rafael’s, his wife and two children have been looking at an empty chair at their dinner table for months when DAPA could have been there to help them” shared YAD’s Executive Director, Daniel Barajas.

WHAT:
1.      10am Pro-DAPA Rally around the Courthouse Square
2.      11am Press conference and
3.      11:30am  Letters delivered to Pam Bondi

WHEN: Friday, November 20th between 10am- 12pm

LOCATION: Office of Attorney General Pam Bondi, Tampa County Center (501 E. Kennedy, Tampa FL)

WHO: Young American Dreamers (YAD), Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), SEIU, and LULAC local chapters

HASHTAGS:  #ThankfulButBroken  #BringRafaelHome #DeportedVeterans #MadresSoñadoras

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